Hot Mont memorabilia brings big bucks in
(printed with permission of Rolling Rock Magazine /
A recent rash
of Hot Mont revivalism in several Latin American nations has been
bringing good financial returns to those wise enough to hold on to
some of his memorabilia from a South American concert tour in
thrust of this recent resurgence in Hot Mont 's popularity in Latin
America is due to a widely distributed bootleg version of his 1975
salsa / reggae release "Hot Tamontle!" throughout Venezuela,
Colombia & Panama. Although the sound quality of the
bootleg is very poor , people are lining up for copies. This, in
turn has brought memorabilia collectors out of the woodwork.
the buzz-phrase "El Monte Clarinet" (the obvious translation
misprint makes this shirt very rare and very valuable) are bringing
upwards of $500.00 in reasonable condition. The more plentiful
shirts with the corrected "El Monte Calliente" are also fetching a
fair but substantially lower price.
piece "Hot's Combat Tea Set" (which was recalled after
the small explosive charges in the handles of the cups caused
minor injuries to fingers) is garnering a whopping
$2000.00. This ridiculous product is a perfect example of
the bad ideas and marketing that dogged Hot Mont
management change away from Illustrious Management in 1976. But , it
gets even worse:
"Hot's Bad Mood Rings" (which were supposed to give you
a mood lift by stimulating nerve endings in the neck) are even
more absurd & rare.These useless plastic neck rings (which
look like a "Lost in Space" prop reject) were
inspired by Hot Mont's meta-
girlfriend of that time , "Analie" and marketed in certain Latin
American countries (as well as Sherman, N.Y.& environs) for a
very short time. If you can put your hands on an authentic "Bad Mood
Ring" , it could bring you some serious money.
& his band disappeared from the public eye soon after recording
their never-released and tentatively titled "Explosive Analysis"
(sic)album in Macon, Ga. late in 1977. No one has been able to
find the man who created this music that is again creating a
worldwide stir, nor has anyone ever actually located the masters to
this last known recording effort. (Although several unscrupulous
sources have reported otherwise.)
accepted in the United States as a "major act", Hot Mont & crew
concentrated on the foreign markets, especially Central & South
America & Scandinavia. Hot Mont was a household word in
certain areas of the world , although largely ignored here excepting
in certain Midwest "pockets of popularity".
Latin American resurgence could conceivably help "Monte Calliente"
ride on the the crest of the current Latin music craze in the U.S.,
and finally give him the credit he deserves as an innovator
unmatched in popular music culture.